Nursing homes get creative to keep residents connected to family and friends

When news came through about coronavirus restrictions at nursing and assisted living facilities, the Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community faced its own looming crisis: bingo.

“We can’t do the big group activities anymore,” said Jennifer Grimes-White, activities director at the Windsor-based senior living facility, noting the directive to keep people at least 6 feet apart. She said a core group of about eight people play bingo six days a week.

“There is no stopping bingo,” she said. “That would be a catastrophe.”

Cedar Hill is one of many senior living providers throughout the Upper Valley that have had to find new ways to continue much-loved programs and embrace new forms of technology to keep residents connected to their loved ones.